Overdue. That’s what we are here in SCV, overdue for the craft cocktail invasion. Mixers, Roman Holiday and SAKE all had some great versions of old cocktails revived with top shelf spirits combined with muddled fruit and spices, fresh fruit purees, garnish, the correct glassware and captivating presentations.
But with all of them now closed I longed for a craft cocktail bar to open – and then I learned that Newhall Refinery, an already popular spot in downtown Newhall that recently expanded, had obtained a spirits license with the intention of creating a craft cocktail menu…and a whisky list as well! I quickly emailed the owners, Shannon and Simon Mee, for more information.
The new additions will first be offered on Tuesday, March 31, with eight signature cocktails – see the full menu below.
“They all taste amazing – we’re really excited and think they will be a hit,” Shannon Mee said. “I’m not aware of anywhere else out here that’s doing this and in addition we will have a big emphases on whisky. As you know bourbon and other whisky are really hot right now – and we will have at least 20 whiskys served with the proper large sphere ice cubes.”
The Initial Whisky List.
Glengoyne 10 year
Glengoyne 21 year
Green Spot Irish
Hibiki 12 year (Japanese)
Laphroaig 18 year
Speyside 18 year
Craft Liquor List
“Initially there will be a small selection available on request, and we will be sticking to our current craft concept whereby we do not serve the generic brands,” Shannon added. “That means no Grey Goose, no Ketel One, no Bombay Sapphire etc. For mixers we are using the small bottles of Fever Tree which is a exceptional brand that helps create a quality beverage.”
Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka
Bummer and Lazarus Gin
Barr Hill Gin
Ugly Monkey Moonshine
Craft Cocktails List
Moscow Mule (Copper Mug pictured above)
Blackberry Fence Hopper
The L Train
Rye (or Bourbon) Manhattan
Newhall Refinery is located at 24258 Main Street, Newhall, CA 91321
Eve Bushman has been reading, writing, taking coursework and tasting wine for over 20 years. She has obtained a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, has been the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and recently served as a guest judge for the L.A. International Wine Competition. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits that may be answered in a future column. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com